We had on the morning show Diane Yanch, Culture and Historic Precinct Supervisor for the city of Fort Saskatchewan, and we talked about how great of a museum we have in Fort Saskatchewan!
If haven't visited and relived our vibrant history, the Fort Saskatchewan Museum offers a walk through memory lane with the beginning of the NWMP Fort right through to the historic buildings of our pioneers.
It's great to have this gem in our own backyard!!
My favourite historic building is the old school house. Hard to imagine what school was like with a one room classroom and a coal furnace.
And What about the teachers?
The rules they needed to follow were very strict, easy to chuckle about them now but this was life in 1872.
Thank You to Diane for sharing the Rules for Teachers in 1872.
1) Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys
2) Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's lesson
3) Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individuals taste of the pupils
4) Men teachers may take one evening a week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church.
5) After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
6) Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
7) Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his or her earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society
8) Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a Barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.
9) The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.